Drug Safety

Villanova, PA
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol plays a key role in Villanova's social scene. Drinking and partying is the social culture here like at most schools. Weed is common but not nearly as common as alcohol. As far as study drugs, any time you place yourself in an academically competitive environment with lots of type A kids, you will find study drugs. Excessive caffeine is huge, monsters are available everywhere on campus and in every vending machine.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I'm not really a drinker so I can't give an accurate reading here.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking occurs pretty often especially anytime between "thirsty Thursday" into Sunday. With the presence of social events run by frats and sororities, and event sports games, many students feel the need to "pre-game" and usually end up going out afterwards and drinking there as well. There's not much anyone can really do since students are pretty good at hiding the drinking, but I feel as though it's pretty common to most college atmospheres.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I never saw anyone do drugs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Like any college there's underage drinking, but it's definitely not easy to get alcohol if you're not in Greek Life. The surrounding area liquor stores don't serve minors, but bars aren't too strict.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 189th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 959th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 969th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1145th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1280th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students

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Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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Drug use on campus is hardly a visible presence, and most students who do drugs aren’t doing them daily. You can occasionally run into softer drugs somewhere on campus, but, again, this is not a daily occurrence. Of course, there are a few kids who just sit around and smoke up all day, but it will require a search to find them. The drug of choice on campus by far is alcohol, as it is the most common and most accessible. Villanova is a dry campus and the police are pretty strict, so the use of any type of drug can become problematic if you are not intelligent about it.

Villanova has about the same amount of drug use as your average college or high school, and there is no pressure to get involved. While there are rumors that there is a heavy cocaine-using population on campus, there are few occasions where people are seen using it. Getting your hands on drugs isn’t overly complicated. If you are looking for drugs, they are not hard to find, but it is not something prevalent on campus. If you don’t do it, no one is going to bother you.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholic Anonymous
(610) 519-7407
Meets weekly to discuss dependency on alcohol
Drug Counseling Programs
The Center for Health and Wellness Education
(610) 519-7407
Evaluations to assess dependency, referral to counseling, library containing informational packets, books, and videos concerning alcohol and drug related issues
Drug Counseling Programs
Office of Alcohol & Drug Assistance
(610) 519-7407
Alcohol assessment services, individual and group counseling, educational materials
Drug Counseling Programs
Peers Offering Wellness & Educational Resources (POWER)
(610) 519-7407
Peer involvement in education, and counseling in drugs and alcohol, sexual health, and harrassment
Drug Counseling Programs
The University Counseling Center
(610) 519-4050
Confidential counseling for students wishing to address alcohol or drug related concerns

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 45 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 4% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 45 responses

  • 24% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 51% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 53% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% Practically unlimited.
  • 52% Somewhat abundant.
  • 41% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 23% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 55% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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